Monday, May 30, 2011

A Little R & R!

Occasion:

 Sorry for the brief hiatus! D and I are currently in sunny Southwest Florida visiting my parents:) We have been keeping busy with boat rides, beach lounging, outlet shopping and nighttime swims in my parents pool. It is great to get to see my family and spend some time outdoors and in the water.

Here are some highlights from our trip so far:


















Outfit:

White Undershirt: Elzee

White Tank: J.CREW

Cardigan: Anthropologie

Skirt: Banana Republic

Necklace: LOFT

Shoes: Target


Did you have a relaxing Memorial Day weekend? What did you do?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mazal Tov!








Occasion:

Last Monday our sweet friends, E & E had a baby boy!!! This past Monday was his bris and they gave him a beautiful name along with a blessing to be a strong individual and a leader in the Jewish community as he grows up. D took pictures with his nice camera and they turned out wonderful. E & E also have a beautiful daughter, T, and she looked like a doll and was a proud big sis:) They are wonderful parents and I can only hope that when the time comes for me and D, that we will take some lessons from them.

Morning davening (praying) was really early (6:30) and so D and I were up at 5:45...an hour I only usually see when we have a morning flight. I wore this outfit for my last day of school and never got to take photos, so I used this as an opportunity to rewear and actually document it. Score for having an outfit in the wings!

I got this marigold tunic while thrifting and I really need to get it taken in, but I wanted to wear it, so I decided to belt it with my chunky leather braided belt. I paired it with a black pencil skirt, added a pop of color with a red beaded necklace and finished the ensemble off with these fun neutral espadrilles.

Outfit:

White Undershirt: Ruthies

Tunic: Thrifted

Skirt: Target

Belt: J.CREW

Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana

Bag: Longchamp

Necklace: Thrifted

Bracelet: Thrifted

Shoes: Old Navy

Stripey











Occasion:

First of all, it's my BIRTHDAY today!!! Woohoo! D and I celebrated by going to see a Broadway musical in NYC. We saw 'Baby It's You' about the Shirelle's rise to fame and their career. We also went to a nice restaurant and had a great dinner. This morning I woke up to pearl earrings on my nightstand. D also got me almost all of the Glee soundtracks. Thanks for making my birthday so special for me D! I love you and can't wait to celebrate many many more birthdays with you:)

I am going to preface this post by saying that I really don't like this outfit but that is part of style blogging and also part of life...so here goes. I have actually since returned this shirt because I didn't like the way it fit once I saw the photos. It is definitely too big and unflattering. But this is my daily life documented in photos so you know you are seeing the good, the bad and the ugly (hopefully very little bad and ugly!).

Lots of style bloggers have this navy and green stripey shirt and when I saw it on others I loved it...so I ran out and bought it. Turns out, this was one of those items that definitely looks better on others (and the hanger) than me...oh well, you win some you lose some. I paired it with this navy skirt and I think that because the shirt is baggy and the skirt is flowy, the whole balance of the outfit is off and just looks big and awkward. I should stick to the one looser/one fitted piece rule...its a tried-and-true one. To add some color, I wore this fun beaded necklace, some turquoise sandals and topped the ensemble off with this fun panama hat. It was a good effort, but in the end it just didn't pan out.

Outfit:

White Undershirt: Pink Orchid

Shirt: H&M

Skirt: GAP

Necklace: LOFT

Shoes: Target

Hat: H&M

Bag: Longchamp

Sunnies: LOFT


Do you ever have days where your outfits just don't pan out?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Ukrainian Gypsy













Occasion:

I wore this outfit during my last week of school and totally forgot about these outfit pics on D's nice camera.

Funny story about this outfit: During our lunch break a bunch of us decided to walk to 72nd Street to Soom Soom to get food. I had brought my lunch that day, but needed the break from sitting and it was a gorgeous day so I decided to tag along for the walk. As we were approaching Soom Soom, S and I were talking about her upcoming trip to Europe and a woman stopped us as we were walking into the restaurant and asked us if we were in costume. (S was wearing a bright red dress and cute little red cap, so we were definitely color coordinated). We smiled a bit uncomfortably and said no and she proceeded to tell us that we looked like "Ukrainian Gypsies". We definitely didn't know how to respond to that so we smiled, turned around and walked into the restaurant rolling our eyes a bit! It was very weird!

This was my first real attempt at color blocking, and I am not sure if it was a success after being called a ukrainian gypsy. Maybe my next try will be better:) I thrifted this cute skirt and decided to pair it with my bright orange cardi. Isn't the scallop detail on the skirt so cute? Since it is a lot of bold color, I opted for the white ruffle tank and used bright accessories such as this tribal necklace and multicolored silk scarf to tie the ensemble together. Sunnies were a must that day!

Outfit:

White Undershirt: Elzee

Ruffle Shirt: J.CREW

Sweater: J.CREW

Skirt: Thrifted

Necklace: Forever 21

Scarf: Marshalls

Sunnies: LOFT

Shoes: J.CREW (Sperry Top-Siders)


Have you ever gotten any comments like this about your outfits??

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

J.CREW Copycat



This outfit is a total copycat of a J.CREW look from one of their spring catalogues (which I pour over everytime they come). Above is the original look, below is my rendition:











Occasion:

It's no secret that I *LOVE* J.CREW. They are definitely my shopping weakness with their classic styles, cute trends and general preppy feel. Just because I love them doesn't mean my wallet always does, however I am here to tell you that just because an item starts out to expensive for you doesn't mean that you can't own it...eventually. Here are some of my tips to owning expensive brands that you covet (and the way that I acquire ALL of my J.CREW purchases):

1. Sign up for their emails. Retailers often email out coupons for new seasonal items, sales, percentages off full-priced items, etc. J.CREW is no exception.

2. Take advantage of their %-off already reduced items. J.CREW sends out 20-30% off their sale items usually once a month and they always combine that with free shipping if you purchase a certain amount. Tip: Buy that amount especially if you aren't familiar with your size (so that you can get the free shipping) and return whatever doesn't fit in store. You save on shipping and get to choose from a bunch of items that you order and just keep your favs.

3. Go into the store regularly to check the sale rack. Markdowns are taken all the time and the early shopping bird catches the worm...err...great item on sale.

4. If you know that you are going to be a frequent shopper, it pays to get the store credit card. Most stores give a percentage off when you open it and it also accrues points which give you coupons or monetary rewards towards the store. Just make sure you pay it off every month!

Outfit:

White Undershirt: Pink Orchid

Shirt: J.CREW

Skirt: J.CREW

Necklace: Thrifted

Shoes: J.CREW (Sperry Top-Sider)


What looks have you copycatted recently? 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Classic Stripes












Occasion:

I have been wanting a Saint James shirt for a really long time, so when we decided that part of our honeymoon was going to be in Paris, I knew that a classic striped Saint James shirt was going on the top of my shopping list.  The boutique was super cute and the sales associate was so nice and patient with me as I tried on shirt after shirt trying to find the perfect fit. It was a great experience (and significantly cheaper than in the U.S.) Now, I know that nautical striped shirts have been everywhere and can be anywhere from super-cheapo to uber-expensive and to be honest, Saint James falls towards the expensive side generally. However, I am a firm believer in 'investment pieces' and spending a bit more on something that will endure and last season after season, year after year. The quality of Saint James shirts are impeccable; the material is substantial, seams are perfect and the fit is spot on. If you are looking for a nautical striped shirt that will stand the test of time, look no further. These iconic shirts are here to stay and made for the long haul! ** Disclaimer: Saint James did not ask me to endorse their brand. I am just truly happy with my purchase.**

I wanted to play up the nautical theme and decided to pair my red and white striped Saint James shirt with this light khaki skirt with cute pocket details. I played up the accessories with a red, white and blue silk scarf, wooden necklace, straw fedora and my gold top-siders. I think everything really compliments each other:)

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Outfit:

Shirt: Saint James (Paris)

Skirt: Filene's Basement

Scarf: Marshall's

Hat: Target

Necklace: Thrifted

Shoes: J.CREW (Sperry Top-Siders)


What pieces do you consider to be 'investment pieces'?